Academic Success and Advising

Immaculata’s academic advisors and academic coaches will assist you as you navigate your university experience and work toward your goals.

Academic Advising

Academic advisors are here to assist you at all points along your collegiate journey by providing general academic advice, guidance and coaching, regardless of your class year or major. If you are in the process of exploring options for a major, transitioning between majors, or choosing a minor to enhance your degree, advisors will assist you in finding the program that matches your personality, skills, and talents. Academic advisors work one-on-one with you as you explore options. Advisors will also help you decide on an academic course plan that will enable you to enroll in classes that interest you while satisfying liberal arts core requirements, which helps keep you on track to graduation.

Academic Coaching

Academic coaches will meet with you individually or in a group to help you understand and practice individualized learning tactics. You can receive guidance in several areas, including:

  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Developing study habits
  • Note-taking strategies
  • Organizational skills
  • Test-taking strategies
  • Time management

Academic coaching is a free service that allows you to meet with a coach on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis to ensure you stay on track with your studies.

Disability Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, amended in 2008 (ADA) as well as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Immaculata University is committed to providing reasonable academic accommodations to students with disabilities who are seeking accommodations. If you have a learning, physical or psychological disability, you may submit the appropriate documentation of the disability and meet with the director of disability services in order to formulate an appropriate accommodations plan. The documentation must be current—generally within the last three years—and include recommendations for needed accommodations.

Visit the Disability Services section to learn more about the accommodations request process and view the Accommodations Handbook.

Contact Jennifer Peruso, the director of disability services, prior to the beginning of your first semester to begin the approval process for academic accommodations.

Early Alert Notifications

Starfish™ is an online early alert system that helps you engage with your professors, advisor and other support staff. Our faculty and staff will reach out to you when you deserve special recognition and/or when you may need some additional assistance. You can make appointments with your instructors and advisor and receive feedback regarding your academic performance.

First Year Experience Program

The First Year Experience (FYE) program helps to acclimate you to the rigors and challenges of college work and life. The classroom portion of FYE tackles topics such as stress management, college policies, and career development. Each FYE course instructor is assisted by a student mentor who can help guide you through your first semester at Immaculata.

In addition to classroom discussions, you will participate in large group activities that will enhance your understanding of Immaculata’s mission and values.

Peer Tutoring

As a support to in-class instruction, peer tutoring can help you better understand your course material. Tutoring services are free and are tailored to meet your individual needs. In addition, group tutoring sessions are available for a variety of academic disciplines.

The tutoring coordinator matches you with a peer tutor who has successfully completed coursework in your area of need. All tutors have earned at least an A– in the course, have recommendations from faculty members, and have been trained on how best to assist fellow classmates.

Strategies for Academic Success

The Strategies for Academic Success (SAS 100) course assists incoming students who can benefit from additional academic skills development. The course introduces you to college learning and emphasizes the development of strong study skills that will prepare you for academic success. Some of the course topics include note-taking skills, learning styles, test preparation/taking, critical thinking, reading and more. You will leave this course with effective learning methods that can be applied to all of your college courses. All new students are invited to enroll; some students will be required to participate as a condition of their acceptance to Immaculata University.

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